EarthCheck is a certification company and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. EarthCheck was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The mission of EarthCheck is to help companies, communities and governments to offer clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travelers to visit, live, work and play. According to EarthCheck, both companies and communities must benefit from the results achieved in the area of sustainability.
For companies, the certification program provides a framework for achieving the desired results for sustainable development. The EarthCheck Certification is based on the Agenda 21 principles of Sustainable Development. (Agenda 21 deals with the urgent problems of today and has the second aim of preparing the world for the challenges of the next century). The EarthCheck program responds directly to the challenges of climate change, waste reduction and management of non-renewable resources. The program offers a system for quality control, certification and performance improvement that results in an average saving of 30% for energy and waste flows and 20% for the saving of water use.
Before a hotel receives the EarthCheck certification, the hotel must meet a number of standards. For example, a hotel must develop and document an environmental and social sustainability policy, which states the scope of the activists. Once this policy has been set up, an assessment of the operational processes within the organization will follow and will be compared with competitors per sector. This results in a performance report in which, among other things, improvements are mentioned. After this, all requirements of the law must be met and a risk assessment, environmental action plan and environmental management system will be made for managing and improving. Ultimately, an organization will have to communicate its environmental and social engagement with all stakeholders. Would you like to know more about EarthCheck please visit their website.
You can recognize eco-certified hotels by the logo of EarthCheck!
The Global Sustainable Tourism Certficiation is accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
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